Crew compete in cybersecurity on Yorktown

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The USS Yorktown and her crew faced enemy threats during conflicts ranging from World War II to Vietnam. This past weekend, a new “crew” aboard “The Fighting Lady” once again faced a threat – this time in the form of cyber-attacks.

On Saturday, Nov.16, several teams representing area high schools for the second year in a row converged aboard the USS Yorktown to participate in CyberPatriot VI – The National High School Cyber Defense Competition.

CyberPatriot is a nation-wide cyber defense competition for high school students. With a foundation in cyber security and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, the exercise provides students with skills that will help them succeed and are critical to our nation’s future.

“Conducting CyberPatriot aboard the unique surroundings of the USS Yorktown allows students to feel they are in pursuit of something that has a larger significance beyond winning a computer game competition,” Shawn Gordon, Air Force Association Charleston Chapter - CyberPatriot vice president said. “The close quarters also heighten the sense of urgency during the computer scenarios to identify the problem and resolve it quickly just as would be done under battle conditions,” he added.

The CyberPatriot educational foundation is parallel to the teachings of the Patriots Point Institute of Science, History and Technology. Keith Grybowski, director of education at Patriots Point, said hosting CyberPatriot is another way to expose area students to the museum’s education program.

“When these high schoolers step on board the USS Yorktown, we want them to understand it’s more than a historical aircraft carrier,” Grybowski said. “It’s a place where they can come learn and expand their knowledge of history, science and technology. These students are our future and they have our support,” he added.

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